I believe a person's personal computer tells a lot about the person. Before that, people could only read faces, palms, handwriting. Now we know more about people by seeing what brand, operating system, choice of programs, wallpaper and desktop layout.
The last few of generations of machines has just swooped by us and a lot of people would have seen at least 3 - 5 computers pass them by. Naturally, it will soon be time to be looking at a new upgrade. So what would be this character defining machine be.
The more significant machines of this decade is my Fostex 4-track, Korg N5, Pentium 2-333, Pentium 3-667. G4 977 ibook. I have to say you really get great ROI on good machines. In fact, my old pentium machines are still serving faithfully to this day.
The trick to actually determining ROI should be best determined by the amount of time you spend at your machine, or at least the amount of time you want to spend at your machine. i.e. your best ROI will be your wife's nightmare. This means productive time vs waiting time and multi-processing abilities. Notice I didn't mention multitasking. I resided to the fact that I cannot multi-task and I do not try to anymore. multitasking == distractions.
The biggest time wasters, rendering, booting, burning. Happiness may be elusive to some, but in computing happiness is the lack of lag and great response times. The solution to each normally is a fast internet connection, a fast disk, good maintenance, installation and some intelligence. Of course ample system resources help the mix but is never the solution.
I've seen some supposedly fast machines run like a dog (no offence to fast dogs). In those cases, the system just isn't maximised. Some enthuisasts go to extremes. Call me lazy, but after gazillion program installations, you just dont change the installation path after a while (with the exception for games, old habits die hard)
The next dillema is that I'm a mac addict as well, and as much as I want my powermac, somehow the few dollars cheaper saved initially on a PC seems to easily sway people over. In truth, it is probably more cost effective to get Mac. You get all the software you need up front and no hassles and pain from the normal Windows world.
Games! Unless you only plan on playing on consoles, you'd bound to get a PC game which isn't on XBOX. Dawn of War, Guild Wars, Warcraft, Half-life2, etc.
So if I were to get a machine, here is what I would get:
- Intel Socket 775 Pentium D 830 3.0GHZ 800MHZ FSB Dual Core CPU
- ASUS P5ND2-SLI-DELUXE nFORCE4 LGA775 2xPCI-E G-Lan Raid Motherboard or Asus P5WD2-PREMIUM I955P PENTIUM D 4xDDR2 Raid PCI-EX GLan LGA775
- DDR2 2Gig(2x1G)PC5400 667Mhz Dual Channel Kit+Copper Heatspreader OCZ
- 2 x Maxtor 300G Serial ATA Hard disk
- Radeon X850XT, PCIe, 256MB GDDR3
- LG DVD16X+- Super Multi DVD Rewriter with Software(DUAL LAYER Black )4167BBK
- SilverStone LC17 BLACK ATX Desktop Case
at umart - $2,576
Yamaha 01x at musiclab - $1,299
Dell 24in 2405FPW LCD display at dell - $1,499
And if I were to get another notebook, it'd be a powerbook. Hey, a person has to have at least one Mac. Then again the new imac's do look really sweet.
So I wait... and I would imagine it will be a long wait....
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